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African Forces Hunt Shabab Terrorists in Somalia

Saturday, 07 Jun 2014 10:42 AM

Somali and African Union troops have carried out a major security swoop in Mogadishu, arresting dozens of suspected al Shabab militants believed to have infiltrated the capital of the strive-torn nation on the Horn of Africa, the government said Saturday.

The security operation, which began on Monday, follows  a string of al Shabab car bombings and suicide attacks against high profile targets in the city, including the heavily fortified office of the president and national parliament.

African Union troops and the national army have been gaining territory from the al Shabab in the center and south of Somalia, but the al-Qaeda-linked rebels have often just melted away. There are fears that some of the terrorists have moved back to parts of Mogadishu.

"The Somali National Security Forces along with African Union forces on Monday morning began major search operations in parts of the capital, Mogadishu," Information Minister Mustafa Duhulow said.

"The operation commenced early in the morning as people slept... The aim of this operation was to ensure that al Shabab is denied the opportunity to hide in in Mogadishu. The security forces arrested dozens of suspected al Shabab members," he added.

According to intelligence sources, the operation was launched amid suspicions that al Shabab was  poised to launch more so-called "complex" attacks in the capital.

In 2011 al Shabab fighters were forced out of positions in Mogadishu but have continued to strike inside the city.

Recent attacks have targeted key areas of government, or the security forces, in an apparent bid to discredit claims by the authorities that they are winning the war against the Islamist fighters.

 

© AFP 2017

 
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Somali and African Union troops have carried out a major security swoop in Mogadishu, arresting dozens of suspected Shebab militants believed to have infiltrated the capital of the strive-torn nation on the Horn of Africa, the government said Saturday.
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